Colorado school tells kids to stop praying to Jesus and singing Amazing Grace

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Christian students at a Colorado public high school were told they could no longer meet to pray, sing religious songs or discuss religious topics during free time – because such activity violated the U.S. Constitution, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges.

Chase Windebank is a senior at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs. Three years ago he started meeting together informally with his classmates for prayer and religious fellowship. The young people would meet in an unoccupied choir room to sing songs like “Amazing Grace” and discuss the issues of the day from a religious perspective.

But all that changed on Sept. 29th when Chase was summoned to the office of Assistant Principal James Lucas.

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1 thought on “Colorado school tells kids to stop praying to Jesus and singing Amazing Grace”

  1. In accordance with the religious beliefs of the Muslim Community, they pray five times a day.
    To enforce a rule that disallows any religious belief system to practice their religion might cause a civil conflict you really do not want to see.
    The problem is that no matter what you believe, the state does not have the right to tell you that you cannot do it.
    If you want to have a neutral atmosphere that gives no advantage to any particular religion then there is going to be a problem.
    Muslims in their own countries do not believe in monogamy. That means that entering this country they might have up to 4 wives.
    Our laws enforce monogamy and make polygamy a crime. That means that people that become citizens have to give up 3 wives?
    Welcome to the international community. Because a lot of our rules are based on Christian belief whether or not some lawyer likes it or not.
    My suggestion would be that the state run schools eventually will have to either make exceptions for people’s life styles and beliefs or they will have to clamp down on everyone and that simply is not possible. For instance, there are dietary restrictions in a lot of religions. So serving pork in a public cafeteria in a school system would be extremely offensive to both Hindus and Muslims. Telling them they cannot practice their religious beliefs in a public school system? That might get violent real quick.
    We have enforced our rules on an entire community in Utah. The term “grandfathered in” comes to mind.
    It is not possible in a public format for a school system to practice neutrality on a world stage that we are now entering.
    The alternative is to allow people to practice religion as they please as long as it does not disrupt the classroom itself.
    The other alternative is to do away with the school system all together and join the 21st century. That means put the kids in a school system on the Internet and do away with all those expensive school buildings out of the 19th and 20th centuries.
    I know countries where if someone is whistling a tune to themselves they are considered to be possessed by a devil. To this day, there is places with strange beliefs to our way of thinking. I do not judge them one way or another.
    The clothing code of various nations differ. I have seen places where a woman is covered from head to foot and to do so otherwise is to be considered “naked” in their eyes. I have seen other places where the standard of dress reflects the climate and they run around half naked most of the time. The children run around a lot of the time without clothes at all.
    I think what a public school system needs to do is to arrange for people to practice their own belief system within the public school system.
    This allows maximum freedom. To do otherwise is to practice an unrecognized religion. Often it is called Humanism. Opening up a bag of worms about restricting people from practicing their belief system just because they are learning to read, write and math. I think privacy is the key. No person should be insulted by the school system for their personal beliefs.

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